It felt like a mid-summer night as the 2010 College of Staten Island’s second annual Baseball Alumni game had a turn out of twenty players come together on Friday evening at the CSI Baseball Complex. Members ranging from the 1985 to 2006 team put on their gloves and got out their bats to be a Dolphins baseball player for one more night. Alumni from the odd-numbered years defeated the even-numbered years by a close 3-2 victory.
Current CSI assistant coach John Scrivani coached the winning odd-numbered team that donned black jerseys and consisted of Frank Gugliemo, Kevin Biesty, Ted Maceda, David Granato, Anthony Hillery, Mark Gonzalez, Steven Schnell, Robert Marolla, T.J. Greco, Joe Ruiz and Victor Reich. Wearing blue was the even-numbered team coached by CSI assistant Tom Wohlfit and included Anthony Avena, Bill Lonergan, Anthony Calafiore, Nick Secchini, Andrew Fraschilla, Joe Perrotta, Matt Stefanski, Pat Smith and Arne Mattsson.
Mark Gonzalez (‘05) was awarded MVP for the black team after knocking in the winning run and getting the save on the mound. Awarded MVP for the blue team was Anthony Avena (’00) who tallied three hits, an RBI and a run scored.
Organized by CSI head coach Mike Mauro and associate head coach Neil Barbella, the College of Staten Island’s Alumni Association also helped fund the event with t-shirts and raffles. All members of the 2009 CSI CUNYAC Championship team were there to help with batting practice and registration.
“It was a great night thanks to our supportive alumni and the hard working staff at CSI,” said Barbella, “I’m happy so many people look forward to this night and the alumni and their families have an enjoyable evening. We hope it continues to grow as word spreads to all of our Dolphin baseball alumni.”